Kim Jong Nam killing was 'terrorist act' by North Korea, South says

The autopsy determining the exact cause of death was still pending on Tuesday, prompting North Korean ambassador Kang Chol to say that his government "cannot trust" Malaysia to carry out the investigation.

A police officer stands at the gate of the morgue at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital where Kim Jong-nam's body is held for autopsy February 19, 2017.

So far, four people have been arrested in connection with the killing - identified as being from North Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam - and at least four North Koreans are being sought by investigators.

A cause of death has not yet been determined for the half-brother of North Korea's leader who died last week after apparently being poisoned in the budget terminal of a Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysian officials said.

He continued: "In all civilised nations, it is the norm for cases such as these to be comprehensively investigated".

Meanwhile, North Korea is accusing Malaysia of working with South Korea in an effort to paint North Korea in a bad light. Malaysia would be recalling its envoy in Pyongyang, Mohamad Nizam Mohamad to return home for consultation.

"(The government) has to check the terror-response posture at related agencies such as the (state) anti-terrorism center once again, and make thorough efforts to protect defectors", Hwang said during a regular Cabinet meeting.

Malaysian police have so far arrested four people and are seeking seven others, a lot of them North Korean.

CCTV footage aired on Japanese television on Monday gave the first public glimpse of the apparent moment Jong-Nam was attacked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The Prime Minister and Acting President of South Korea labelled the apparent assassination of Kim as an "unacceptable inhumane criminal act" and urged officials to seek global cooperation in making North Korea pay for its alleged "act of terrorism".

"In his press conference, the Ambassador. insinuated that. the Malaysian Government had "something to conceal".

In response, Wisma Putra, the Malaysian foreign affairs Ministry, refuted the allegations, saying they were "baseless" and described them as "a serious attempt to tarnish the country's reputation". The experts raised "serious concern" over North Korea's crimes against humanity, adding that these crimes should not go unpunished.

Despite widespread speculation that North Korea was behind the killing, there has been no definitive evidence and Pyongyang is yet to issue an official statement.

  • Leroy Wright